Skull Base Tumors

What is a skull base tumor?

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Skull base is a term used to refer to the region of the head that lies beneath the brain and at the base of the skull. Conditions most commonly addressed at the skull base include tumors and abnormalities of the blood vessels leading to the brain. These abnormalities are often highly complex to manage because of the complicated anatomy at the base of the skull. Tumors and vascular abnormalities in this area often require a team approach, using the expertise of physicians from multiple specialties.

Types of Skull Base Tumors

  • Meningiomas
  • Acoustic neuromas
  • Schwannomas
  • Chordomas
  • Chondrosarcomas
  • Glomus tumors
  • Metastases
  • Craniofacial malignancies

Why rely on Washington University experts to treat your skull base tumor?

Patients from across the country, and sometimes from outside the U.S., come to our team of experts for treatment of this very complex condition. With deep expertise, our team understands every aspect of the abnormalities of the skull base. This team comprises physicians from neurosurgery, otolaryngology, ophthalmology, plastic surgery, radiology, radiation oncology and medical oncology.


Specialized therapeutic techniques are available for the treatment of skull base tumors.  In addition to surgical approaches and minimally invasive approaches, Washington University neurosurgeons also utilize Stealth surgical navigation, Gamma Knife radiosurgery, radiation therapy, and novel chemotherapy protocols to provide the safest and most definitive treatment available.